This was our last day of the season with Atrium Landscape, and it was another day of reluctant fires. Propane and the leafblower are often outmatched by wet, green fuel, which can take hours to fully ignite. That's why firewood is cured, though we don't have that luxury. Still, our persistent volunteers stayed with it and had several more fires going, eventually.
The work site is a nice, generally flat stretch not far from Boomerang Slough and situated near some low areas with ephemeral ponds. The tree thinning done here will bring more light in and should have a positive effect at ground level. Looking forward to the growing season here and other places recently cleaned up.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday March 13
Back to last month's work site, we continued to remove honeysuckle from both sides of the drainage ditch that bisects the prairie from Kean Ave. on the east to 87th Street on the north. A big thank you to first-time Palos volunteer Debbie and the rest of our morning team.
It was a Jekyll-Hyde morning, with a stiff, nippy wind greeting us at the start and moderating to somewhat balmy by noon. Numerous garments were shed along the way. We had a single fire, dragged or tossed numerous honeysuckles across the ditch, and were able, by day's end, to enjoy an unobstructed view into the open woodland lying to our west. Super day!